POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 10:47am
With the urgency of a serious engineering firm, Beth Johnson and her husband Tony made final touches to an 18-month-long project on Friday.
"That's a big yo-yo," Beth Johnson said, while standing back and admiring her work.
The yo-yo was more than 7,000 pounds and 12 feet across.
It's an attempt at breaking the world record for largest functioning yo-yo.
To count for the record it would have to be released from at least 75 feet up, bouncing three times, two-thirds of the way back up each time.
After a year-and-a-half of seven-hour work days and 'round-the-clock touch-ups this week, their smiles and laughter turned to nervous silence as they watched at Jacksonville Crane and Machinery as one of the company's cranes lifted the yo-yo into place.
"Geez, that's high up there," Beth Johnson whispered to herself, moments before it was released.
The yo-yo came down slowly, did one rebound of about 3 feet before the rope burned through from the friction.
The huge toy came crashing to the ground, splintering at one edge.
There was a thud, some sighs and even a few tears from Johnson.
"It didn't do what it was supposed to," she said.
At least it's a dream that they can always roll up and try again.
For now she's satisfied that the Guinness Book will recognize her yo-yo as the heaviest ever built; they'll have to wait for that final decision.